The Alternative Iraq Enquiry (45m) was made by David Lawley-Wakelin, freelance documentary filmmaker, who was so incensed by the Iraq war that he made the bold statement from the audience of Question Time that Tony Blair was a liar prepared to kill in the name of oil. On this premise, Lawley-Wakelin travels to Iraq to ask its citizens and military personnel whether they agreed with him. Questioning the motives of the war and the responsibilities for its atrocities on both sides of the Atlantic, The Alternative Iraq Enquiry asks the fundamental question: Should Tony Blair be taken to the Hague and tried for crimes against peace? The film is followed by a panel discussion with director David Lawley-Wakelin, Christina Zaba (NUJ) and Dr Eric Herring, Reader in International Politics, University of Bristol. Eric Herring has conducted research on the sanctions on Iraq, including fieldwork in Iraq in April 2002 plus interviews at the UN in New York and at the Foreign Office in London. He also acted at academic adviser to John Pilger for his documentary Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq (2000) and is coauthor of Iraq in Fragments: The Occupation and its Legacy (2006). The panel will be chaired by Festival of Ideas Director Andrew Kelly.
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